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Mike LaundryNear the end of Double Talk, Brian 'Baby' Power laments to himself,"Oh sweet mercy, was life ever just one thing at one time?"Since Double Talk is
"a love story in reverse"by this point in the novel we've just spent 200 pages learning that love, like life, is never one thing at one time.
Already author of three poetry collections, Double Talk is Patrick Warner's first novel. Beginning with a domestic abuse incident, Warner alternates chapters from Violet to Brian's memories of their relationship.
The Newfoundland banter is spot on, as is the domestic tension that hangs like St. John's fog. Warner ably reveals Violet's character to explain how the relationship-ending abuse happened. But Brian, perhaps because like Warner moved from Ireland to the island only to find disappointment,
is less disclosed